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Many companies still procuring unsuitable protective equipment for female mineworkers

By: Nadine James     19th April 2019 The number of women working in the mining sector has increased significantly over the past 17 years, with the numbers growing from 11 400 in 2002 to over 53 100 today, comments female footwear brand Sisi’s senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. Sisi is one of eight brands under the BBF Safety... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 The poor performance of Chinese smelters and the closure of major zinc mines in the past two years have led to global and refined zinc inventories continuing to fall, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Many smelters last year chose not to buy expensive... 

Zinc inventories continue to fall
Photo by Bloomberg
REDUCED OUTPUT Many Chinese smelters last year chose not to buy expensive concentrate and instead cut down on consumption rates and production

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch

By: Cameron Mackay     19th April 2019 Africa will struggle to keep up with major lead-producing countries, such as China and Australia, owing to a lack of new projects in the pipeline, says credit and macro intelligence solutions provider Fitch Group commodities industry expert Diego Oliva-Velez. There are currently only four new... 

Africa will struggle to keep up with lead-producing countries, says Fitch
Photo by Bloomberg
ENVIRONMENTAL RESTRICTIONS As a highly polluting and toxic metal, global lead production will remain under pressure over the coming years

UMS Group follows alternative shaft sinking methodologies

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th April 2019 Mining solutions provider Underground Mining Services (UMS) Group is focusing on an alternative shaft sinking methodology that emphasises safety and mechanisation. The UMS Group comprises Shaft Sinkers as well as Mining Engineering Technical Services (METS) aims to provide clients with the full... 

UMS Group follows  alternative shaft sinking methodologies
MACHINES With mechanisation shaft development is performed by machines with little or no need for humans to interface with those machines

Five-month gold strike is over 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 The five-month strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African gold operations is over. Parties have acknowledged that it is in their interest to rebase and develop a constructive relationship going forward, Sibanye-Stillwater said in a... 

Royal Bafokeng boosts production despite setbacks 

By: Martin Creamer     17th April 2019 Black-owned platinum group metals mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum boosted its production in the three months to March 31, in spite of several setbacks in the period. Tonnes delivered to concentrators increased by 17.3% to 862 000 t and tonnes milled increasing by 11.6% to 846 000 t.... 

Exxaro reaffirms health, safety goals at Sustainability Summit

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2019 Empowered diversified miner Exxaro Resources on Friday reaffirmed its safety, health and environmental goals at its yearly Sustainability Summit, held in Lephalale, Limpopo. The summit is being held soon after the group celebrated a 24-month fatality-free milestone. 

New ways of determining workers’ fitness for work urged amid changing laws and attitudes towards cannabis

By: Nadine James     12th April 2019 Changing societal perceptions, combined with more and more countries legalising cannabis use, means that companies should adapt traditional methods of determining whether employees are fit for duty, says Predictive Safety director of fatigue education Dr Doug Potter.   

New ways of determining workers’ fitness for work urged amid changing laws and attitudes towards cannabis
ALERTMETER The tests take up to 90 seconds to complete, produce immediate results, and can be repeated multiple times a day, with no risk of a false positive

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo    

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2019 Hydrogen is at the centre of the solution to climate change and platinum, in turn, is at the centre of hydrogen, London-based Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen emphasised when he spoke to Mining Weekly Online on the sidelines of this week’s Platinum Group Metals... 

Hydrogen and platinum at centre of climate change solution – Anglo
Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer speaks to Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater.

Sibanye-Stillwater commits additional R30m to Wits Digimine

By: Nadine James     9th April 2019 Sibanye-Stillwater has committed an additional R30-million over three years, to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mining Institute’s Digital Mining Laboratory. The announcement was made on Monday, at the Wits Chamber of Mines building, during a two-day seminar hosted by the Wits Mining... 

Technical assessments launched after housing damage in Ogies  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says technical assessments will be undertaken in Ogies, Mpumalanga, to determine whether cracks in the Phola community’s houses have been as a result of three nearby mines’ activities. This follows after the Minister consulted the Phola community, near... 

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs

5th April 2019 Australian base water evaporator and ventilation solution provider Minetek has made available its patented secondary mine ventilation system, based on a high output axial fan system. The new technological solution, engineered and manufactured in Australia, categorically offers power savings and... 

Secondary mine ventilation system cutting costs
I’M A FAN The newly launched secondary mine ventilation fan cuts costs of underground operations

Underground support company keeps abreast of developments

By: Halima Frost     5th April 2019 The shift towards mechanisation in the mining industry has prompted cable anchor supplier M and J Mining to continue developing and enhancing its Flexibolt range of prestressed cable anchor solutions and other technologies necessary to support the ever-changing needs of the deep-level mining... 

Underground support company keeps abreast  of developments
BRACE YOURSELF The Flexibolt is used in mines at the stope to brace the surface for a safer mining environment

Council calls for greater modernisation in mines

5th April 2019 Minerals Council South Africa has reasserted the need to modernise deep-level mining technologies as part of its people-centred modernisation drive to extend the life of deep-level mines and, subsequently, ensure that the workforce is maintained. The South African mining sector has, for more than... 

Council calls for greater  modernisation in mines
HARD CORE The South African deep-level mining sector is a tough environment, which runs on a continuous stop-start basis, predominantly in narrow-reef, hard-rock mining for gold, platinum and chrome

Anglo taking tailings dam monitoring to next level 

By: Martin Creamer     4th April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American is implementing new techniques that give the company far more control over tailings dams, which have been thrown into the spotlight after the tragic loss of life at Brumadinho, in Brazil, where an iron-ore tailings dam collapsed at Vale’s Corrego do... 

Anglo taking tailings dam monitoring to next level
Photo by Anglo American
How Anglo American is reducing tailings dam risk

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd April 2019 Diversified mining company Anglo American hopes to have a truck running on hydrogen in the next 12 months, Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill said on Wednesday, when he spoke of foreseeing the company’s installed diesel fleet one day being replaced by an electrical alternative.   To... 

Anglo hopes to run truck on hydrogen in 12 months – O’Neill
Photo by Anglo American
Graphic showing how sun can provide electricity to produce hydrogen that powers mine fleets.

FIFO code of practice introduced in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd April 2019 The Western Australian government this week launched Australia’s first code of practice for mental health for fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sector. The code of practice was developed following extensive public consultation, and on the back of recommendations... 

Masterclass to highlight link between neuroscience and safety

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) Centre for Blended-learning Studies will on April 12 host a neuroscience and safety and wellbeing in the workplace masterclass, led by Nutricula Psychology psychologist Paul Potgieter, on the Unisa science campus, in Pretoria. The masterclass follows the... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2019 Stability, policy and regulatory certainty and rebuilding trust have been key themes in Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s first year in office. Taking the reins on February 27, 2018, of a government department overseeing one of the most difficult and fragmented industries in South... 

Under Mantashe, SA mining’s narrative changes from ‘completely negative’ to ‘something approaching positive’

Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters 

By: Martin Creamer     28th March 2019 South Africa’s largest coal producer and black-empowered coal company Exxaro has unveiled its new ultramodern headquarters. The conneXXion, in Centurion, has e-parking bays for employees to charge their electric or hybrid vehicles while they work, and attractive central staircases to encourage... 

Exxaro unveils new ultramodern headquarters
New Exxaro headquarters

NUM calls for tough govt action after worker dies at Limpopo platinum mine

By: African News Agency      28th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Thursday urged the government to hold the mining industry accountable for its failures, after a worker died at Modikwa Platinum Mine in Limpopo due to a fall of ground. "One death is too many and we call on the department of mineral resources to start... 

Exciting DRDGold expertise deserves international prominence – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2019 The exciting gold-from-tailings expertise of DRDGold, which has decades of experience in recovering precious metals profitably from mine dump material, deserves international prominence which Sibanye-Stillwater intends to afford it, CEO Neal Froneman said on Wednesday. Froneman drew attention to... 

Exciting DRDGold expertise deserves international prominence – Froneman
Photo by Wynand van der Merwe
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman with Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel

South32’s Mozal pledges $250 000 to aid Cyclone Idai recovery efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd March 2019 South32’s Mozal Aluminium smelter, which is located in the Mozambique capital Maputo, has pledged a $250 000 donation to support recovery efforts following the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai in the country. Commenting in a statement on Friday, Mozal VP Samuel Samo Gudo said the company had... 

Gold surface tailings re-treater increases environmental spend

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 South African gold producer DRDGOLD is continuing its progress on environmental initiatives, having increased its environmental spend by 23% to R51.6-million for the 2018 financial year. Total spending of R24.9-million in the first six months of the 2019 financial year was 28% higher than the... 

Gold surface tailings re-treater increases environmental spend
HARD AT WORK DRDGOLD reclaims and retreats gold mining waste – mine dumps – of previous miners

EIA recommendations essential for new mining projects

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 It is crucial for mining companies to consider the recommendations of all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) before the start of any new mining projects, says waste management solutions provider Interwaste business development and marketing director Kate Stubbs. Her statement follows the... 

EIA recommendations essential  for new mining projects
Photo by Bloomberg
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Mining has a large environmental impact that affects not only the health and wellbeing of mining communities

Recovery process aiding cyanide detox

By: Thabi Madiba     22nd March 2019 To assist mining companies in managing and recovering cyanide, engineering consultancy AZMET Technology & Projects developed the AZMET cyanide recovery process (AZ-CRP) to provide an alternative to cyanide detoxification. AZMET’s focus is to provide a simpler and more cost-effective solution for... 

Quicker manufacturing of rope attachments provides competitive edge

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd March 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s short turnaround time for the manufacturing of rope attachments provides the company with a competitive edge to take on large projects in the local mining sector, Becker Mining SA capital senior GM Tom Searle tells Mining... 

Quicker manufacturing of rope attachments provides competitive edge
SAFETY FIRST Rope attachments are used in several vertical shafts where they provide a safe method of terminating the winding rope

Two killed in accident at Glencore's Zambian mine

By: Reuters     19th March 2019 Two workers died in an accident at Glencore's Zambian operation Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) on Tuesday, prompting it to suspend production pending investigations, the company said. "All operations at the South Ore Body (shaft) have been suspended until further notice," the company said in a... 

Detection system lowers maintenance costs

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 The second installation of a custom-made sidewall detection system was completed by monitoring solutions provider Monitech at diversified miner Anglo American’s Zibulo coal colliery, in Mpumalanga, last month. The system was designed and installed to help prevent damage caused to the scrubber fan... 

Detection system lowers maintenance costs
COALFACE VALUE Keeping damages and costs down at the coalface is more achievable with the sidewall detection system

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th March 2019 Having initially focused on servicing the coal mining industry, screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has diversified to offer its value-adding services to the heavy minerals market in South Africa. The company can also service the broader African heavy... 

Aury Africa to add value to heavy minerals sector
VALUE ADDING SERVICES Aury Africa can service the local and broader African heavy minerals sector with high quality services

Global alliance looks to tackle tailings challenges

By: Nadine James     15th March 2019 Given the global challenges around mine waste, particularly around tailings, the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA) –  a multinational collaboration between professional organisations for minerals – officially announced that it will undertake the Global Action on Tailings initiative.... 

Global alliance looks to tackle tailings challenges
Photo by Reuters
TAILINGS DEVASTATION Brazilian miner Vale has had two tailings disasters in four years, at the Mariana dam in 2015 and the Brumadinho dam in 2019

Coal will continue to be key resource for decades

15th March 2019 In its annual World Energy Outlook 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that coal will remain the largest single source of electricity generation through to 2040, at 26% of global electricity.  Renewables will have a role to play as future energy sources for the country, region... 

Merafe declares record dividend on lower profit, higher output

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2019 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which on Monday reported lower profit on higher production, has declared a record dividend that represents a distribution of 51% of headline earnings. The ungeared company had net year-end cash of R281-million and the R200-million unsecured, three-year... 

Merafe declares record dividend on lower profit, higher output
Photo by Creamer Media
Merafe CEO Zanele Matlala

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September

By: Cameron Mackay     8th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering plans to introduce mobile repair and testing facilities for clients, particularly mining companies, which will be operational from September of this year. This will enable the company to combine the convenience of being on site... 

Engineering company to offer mobile service for valves from September
MOBILE VALVE REPAIR SERVICES Brimis plans to take its mobile valve-repair and testing services to the various refineries from September

WEBA Chute Systems founder inducted into International Mining’s 2018 Hall of Fame

By: Nadine James     8th March 2019 Gauteng-based family-owned WEBA Chute Systems founder and chairperson Werner Baller bested eleven other nominees to be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for 2018 – placing him in the esteemed company of industry pioneers who have shaped the mining equipment landscape.... 

Cosatu slams Mantashe, echoes calls to amend mine health and safety act 

By: News24Wire      6th March 2019 Trade union federation the Congress of South African Trade unions (Cosatu) has denounced Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s statement that bringing criminal charges against mining bosses for fatalities at mines will cripple the industry. Following the release of mining sector fatalities... 

 Cosatu slams Mantashe, echoes calls to amend mine health and safety act
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe

Govt support for platinum strategy encouraging – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2019 The government’s support for the national platinum strategy is encouraging, says Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri. In an interview with Mining Weekly Online after reporting before-tax profit of R316-million in a presentation of turned-around 2018 financial results, Phiri expressed... 

Govt support for platinum strategy encouraging – RBPlat
Photo by Minerals Council South Africa
South Africa's platinum group metals mines

RBPlat studying solar energy, upgrading slimes dams  

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2019 Black-owned and black-managed mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) is investigating the use of renewable energy sources and investing in the upgrading of its tailings storage facilities. The company said in reply to Mining Weekly Online during question time at Tuesday’s presentation of... 

RBPlat studying solar energy, upgrading slimes dams
RBPlat executive head: operations Neil Carr outlines solar, tailings plans to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photo: Creamer Media’s Dylan Slater. Video: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd.
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